Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Cure for The Uninspired



I've been going through a blogging phase that is interesting.

And good.

When I feel inspired, genuinely pumped to talk about something-- I do.
When I don't have anything to say, I don't.

After all, isn't that why I started blogging in the first place?
It wasn't to feel trapped into a Monday through Friday schedule.
It wasn't to build a following; or to get my name out there.

It was just to write.

I don't want to just blog to blog.
I don't want to just hit "publish" on a post because the schedule calls for it,
or because it's time for me to fill in the gaps.

I think, and I think you'd agree, that quality triumphs over quantity when it comes to blogging.
And in most aspects of life, no?
Some of my favorite bloggers write once a week, if that.
When they do, oh man, it's so good.

And just when I was really thinking and struggling with this issue, and contemplating if I should even write something for today, one of my best friends (she was our maid-of-honor in our wedding and has been in my life since she was 2 and I was 4) sent me the above video. Did you watch it? This is us, right before my wedding.

I literally cried for 30 minutes during and after that video.
I know I'm pregnant and all, but seriously, it was just so beautiful.
I realized my life has been absent of music lately. Good music.


A little secret about me...
I've played the piano since I was 8 years old.
Classically trained.
Dozens of recitals.
A wonderful momma who drove me back and forth faithfully to lessons for over 10 years.

When I got busy with college, and dating Joshua, I let a lot of my practicing go.
And then I got married, worked a lot (a lot), kept going to school, and moved all over the place. And then out-of-state.

My parents, and Joshua, have always been my biggest supporters.
It was my husband who did a heck of a lot of work to move our piano out here from San Diego to Tucson, and my parents who graciously let us take it out of my childhood home.

A part of me mourns the fact that I'm not as good of a pianist as I once was.
And I'm sad that I learned the cello for a few years, but got too impatient with it, because I didn't play it as well as I did the piano (ha!). Oh, I wish I had stuck with it! It is so gorgeous.


But it's okay. It's like anything in life. I have to get back on the horse.
It's not lost.

That video above, a cover of the song "Secrets" by OneRepublic (my most favorite band-- talk about poetry and music with a cello and piano focus) stirred my heart and I think baby was even dancing and moving to the beat :)

One of my greatest hopes is that our baby will have all of the generous and caring, servant-like attributes of Joshua, and, if even a little bit of me, a heart for music. Nothing would make me happier. Other than that he or she loves Jesus, of course.

Sometimes we just need to step away, to feel and hear music.
Or see the colors of the sunset, and the wind across our cheeks.
To bring us back to inspiration.


Thank you, dear Alicia, for introducing me to this music tonight.


“Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the Divine." -Ludwig van Beethoven

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20 comments:

ThisLittleMomma said...

This was so beautiful! I wasn't able to watch the videos (sleeping husband next to me) but I look forward to watching them in the morning!!
xo

ThisLittleMomma said...

Oh and how AWESOME you know how to play piano. That's the one thing I have always wanted to learn, someday I will. I know how to play the flute-- wanna trade lessons :)

Karly said...

This is so great. I've been a classically trained violinist since the same age as you =)

I've always wanted to learn the piano, and I hope to get all my girls interested in classical music so that they love it as much as I do. Thank you for sharing these wonderful videos as well, I love them!

Melu103 said...

I love this post Heather!
we were just talking about this the other day with my girlfriends during the Grammys that how sad that the good music is fading away. I can't even think of what future music holds for our children. I loved the video and it sure gave me goosebumps same with the Adelle Rolling in the Deep, I LOVE THAT SONG! she is truly amazing.


xoxo
MELINA
www.onlyaflightaway.blogspot.com

Ferial Trammell said...

Thank you so much for sharing that video, so so SO beautiful! And I completely agree with you about your thoughts on blogging. Quality, yes, and for God's glory, YES. Thanks for your thoughts.

Heather @ we.are.the.holdens said...

heather, I needed to read this...thank you. And gosh, the music is SO inspiring and a definite cure. thank you, thank you....love to you.:)

Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

And this post is exactly why I love your blog :) And you of course!
You keep it real, listen to incredible music, you love Jesus, AND YOU PLAY THE PIANO?!

That's been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember.
Get it, girl. You're awesome, Heather!

xo

Heather B {dreaming big} said...

I whole-heartedly agree with this post(as you probably already know). I too want to write from a place of true inspiration, something that is meaningful and put on my heart from God. Something that will have eternal value - not just make me "popular" or "successful".

Hannah @ www.thrivingthirty.tumblr.com said...

I've been thinking a lot about how and why I blog recently too... I want it to be for God's glory and my good, not for silly reasons. My time is too valuable for that, right?

And I studied violin for 14 years, put it away, and took it back out 8 years ago. Best decision ever. Good luck!

GingerPeachT said...

Ok so now we have more in common than I thought. :-)
I've been playing piano since I was 5, my mom was my piano teacher though and still teaches. I actually had the talent but not the drive. So it still saddens me to this day that I didn't really practice back in high school. I went ahead and took lessons in college and yet I still wasn't serious about it. Lol but now since I've been married and moved away, I haven't had a piano and it's been slowly killing me! We move again this summer and I know I'll find one again.
Music is incredible. Music holds much power even in the bible! Some have said that lucifer was the angel of music!
I think God can use music to reach people and show them his salvation.
Thanks for sharing and I have deff been thinking about why I blog too...

Bethany G said...

Oh my goodness! My husband found that group recently.. and they are just unbelievably amazing!!! Great post, friend!

Jody Lynn said...

Thank you for posting this. I too started my blog with the purpose to just write. It is a mix of things from my faith, what I have been through in life and the things that love and inspire me. I want to share what I write and often get lost in the what should I write and think I am a horrible blogger because I don't schedule posts in advance. I want to grown my blog and share it with others and connect with this awesome community but I don't want my life to be my blog. There are often times when I don't have anything to say or I am dealing with something personal or hectic in life and don't have the time to write. Thanks for the inspirational music too! You just turned me on to something amazing! New follwer btw.:)

The Arizona Russums said...

my best friend plays the cello. i can't wait to show her this!

Jessi said...

You are so lucky to have your piano!! I haven't had mine since we got married, 8 years ago. We didn't ever have room for it in San Diego and we didn't have the means to move it out to Texas. I wish, almost daily, that I had it so I could play for Isaac. I wanted so bad to be able to play while I was pregnant, expose him early! I know eventually I'll get it back and I'll get to teach my kids. But like you, I have completely let my practicing go and it kinda breaks my heart. I started at 7 and played until I moved away from home at 19. I fear that all those years of playing is now all for nought. I love music. It's in my bones! And like you, I hope to pass that on :)

ps- I have had "learn to play cello" on my to do list for like 5 years! I want to learn so bad!!

Stephani said...

Heather, This is a beautifully honest post and lovely all around. Embrace all that is yours today and enjoy the music. Thanks for sharing the videos.

Breanna Hohenstein said...

I think i'm in love with the new paradise version! I've always loved that song, but this... this is just amazing, & the Secrets instrumental version is sooo beautiful!

You are awesome and absolutely correct!
Happy Thursday :)

Meredith said...

Will you teach me to play the piano? It's my lifelong dream to know how to play well!

Erin said...

I used to play way back in the day but quit....I couldn't play now if I tried! I am so happy you love and enjoy playing...you should keep playing sweet girl!!!

Kristy said...

That is awesome that you play the piano. I took lessons for a while when I was little, but begged my mom to quit. Now, I wish SO BAD that I had continued!! I'm actually starting Ethan in piano lessons this summer and REALLY hope that he likes it!!!!

Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

Simply gorgeous and breathtaking!

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